Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, rodney.pollock@zen.co.uk or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon. 

It is admirably tutored by Mrs. Josie Chappelle.  It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can draw or paint anything you like, although occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!

Quick on the Draw (QOD)

Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place at 10.00 am every other Friday. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


At the Abingdon Museum from 13 January to 18 March, Caroline Ritson (with Barbara Payne) is exhibiting in 'Myth, Mystery and Music', which encapsulates the mythical essence of historic rural life in South Oxfordshire.

Until 27 January 35 Ock Street in Abingdon displays the work of Jean Wykes in her solo exhibition 'People and Places'.

At the Ashmolean until 18 February 2018, Imagining the Divine: Art and the rise of world religions. The first major exhibition to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millenium AD. From now until 15 April you can also see Qu Leilei: A Chinese artist in Britain. An exhibtion by a contemporary Chinese artist.

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  from 20 January until the 9 April you can see 'Nick Schlee: Drawing to Painting'. And, from 24 January to 30th April, you will be able to view the exhibition 'Thinking on Paper'.

At Modern Art Oxford  until 18 February 2018, Hannah Ryggen: Woven Histories. This shows the Norwegian artist's large, intricate tapestries that characterised her extraordinary career from the 1920s onwards.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 

 EXHIBITIONS ON SCREEN Look out for the following in local cinemas: Cezanne - Portraits of a Life from 23 January; Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing from 20 March, and I, Claude Monet from 22 May. Seventh Art Productions are running an exclusive competition for enthusiastic writers to review the Cezanne film and win a signed poster and DVD of choice. Deadline 20 Feb details to follow. 


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford if you would like to know more.